When Pirates pitcher Don Robinson went on the disabled list with strained knee ligaments, Ray Krawczyk was recalled from Hawaii. In his first appearance, he suffered sprained knee ligaments and also had to be DL'd.
Krawczyk had earned the promotion with a 15.19 ERA in the Pacific Coast League. He was replaced in Pittsburgh by Bob Patterson, who worked his way back from Hawaii with a 16.62 ERA.
HEADLINE OF THE WEEK
BAY AREA ON TOP OF BASEBALL WORLD (CLIP AND SAVE)
The San Jose Mercury News, April 22, with the Giants and A's in first place.
THE LIFE OF A BACKUP CATCHER
Texas catcher Geno Petralli received an order of bats from Louisville Slugger last week, but the signature on the bats wasn't his.
It was that of his father, also named Geno, a career minor leaguer who last played in 1953. Hillerich & Bradsby still had his signature card on file and had pulled the wrong one.
? Buddy Bell hit four homers in 84 games for the Rangers before being traded to Cincinnati. His replacement, Steve Buechele, has hit nine in a 36-game stretch from last September to last week.